Monday, January 22, 2007

Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform: Niagara Falls Meeting Summary

Roughly twenty people attended the Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform meeting in Niagara Falls which was competing with a politically charged meeting at City Hall over bringing an Ontario Hockey League team to the city.

Six people made presentations, three for the status quo, two advocating a mixed proportional system, and one advocating change in general . During the audience participation portion of the meeting, most people seemed to favour a mixed proportional system.

Of the Assembly members present, Stephanie Jones of Niagara Centre riding asked presenters the best questions, openly challenging participants on their assumptions about our first-past-the-post system.

All around, it was a poorly attended, but well run meeting.

The Assembly is receiving written submissions for one more week, so if you didn't get a chance to be heard at a public meeting, send them a note letting them know what you think. Opportunities to change the electoral system don't come around very often... make your voice heard today so we can ensure that every vote counts in the future.